"To the Bat-Poles! First we'd better get outfitted with our Bat-...Stuff."
-things can seem so anti-climactic as characters going Bat
-somewhere or entering a Bat
-vehicle, but there's always a way of doing things dramatically. Simply make a character yell (with or without his arm up):
"To the car!"
"To that place!"
The first usage of this trope was on 1960s Batman
series (Does "To the Batmobile
!" sound Bat
-familiar?), and it was parodic even then. Most appearances of it nowadays are even more so, as the character will be overly
dramatic about, say, going Bat
-downstairs to eat bat
-something. Thus, it's a Dead Unicorn Trope
Rest assured if there's anything
distinctive about someone's car, fans will dub it
Not to be confused with To the Batpole!
. Can be confused with Mundane Made Awesome
. Also distinct from using a car's (or anything else's) trade name- that's Product Placement
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- Used at the end of Young Frankenstein, when the rehabilitated Monster accidentally rips off Inspector Kemp's wooden arm while shaking hands:
Kemp: Oh, shit... [Points dramatically with the arm] To the lumberyard!!
- During It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, after Kermit's little nephew Robin suggests him to call one of his famous friends after Miss Piggy leaves the Christmas play, Kermit says "To the starphone!" accompanied by Batman-sounding music.
- Flushed Away: "Enough games. To the ratmobiles!
- Hogfather: Onwards, Binky, to the Hogfather's Castle of Bones
- Wayne's World 2 has "To the Mirthmobile!"
- Parodied in The LEGO Movie:
Batman: To the Batmobile! [boom] Dangit.
Wonder Woman: To the invisible jet! [boom] Dangit.
- Daffy takes this Up to Eleven in Looney Tunes: Back in Action in the Batmobile
"Bat-lights, Bat-conditioning, Bat-stereo. To the Duckcave!"
- In Hogfather, Archchancellor Ridcully shouts "To the laundry!" and points dramatically towards the ceiling, only to have his colleagues remind him that the University's laundry is in the basement. He then refines his battle cry to "Down to the laundry!"
- The Light Fantastic: Possibly a follow-up to a more played-straight example occurs when Archchancellor Galder Weatherwax keeps dramatically pointing at the ceiling to follow the path of the spell that turned the Librarian into an orangutan.
- Used straight several times in The Lord of the Rings:
- Gandalf: "To the bridge of Khazad-dûm!"
- Éomer: "Rohirrim! To the King!"
- Captain Underpants:
Captain Underpants: To the underwear cave!
Harold: There is no underwear cave!
- Parodied in Animorphs:
Marco: To the Bat-morph, Robin!
Bat-Live Action TV
- The song "One More River" by James Reyne has the line, "Pick up the Batphone and dial my number."
- Eminem: To the Rapmobile! Let's go! (Guess who's back guess who's back guess who's back guess who's back)
- In a memorable Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin wonders out loud why his heroes don't fight realistic villains. Hobbes suggests that the fights would involve writing letters to the editor and so forth. As Calvin says that he sees the problem, Hobbes ends the strip with the line "Quick! To the Bat-Fax!"
- In My Cage, Norm gets hurt while pretending to be Batypus. He asks Maureen to call a bat-ambulance as he thinks he ruptured his bat-spleen.
- WWE wrestler The Hurricane used to do this as a parody of Batman, saying things like "To the Hurricave!" and "To the Hurricycle!"
- Sonic the Hedgehog has Eggman. Egg-man flies in the Egg-mobile to go to his base The Death-Egg. Also one of his strongest badniks is Egg-Robo. He's also named Robotnik for his habit of Roboticizing animals into Robots. Also he likes eggs.
- The Red Baron in Empire Earth: To the skies!
- Some variation of "To the Freedom Flyer!" appeared in Freedom Force.
- Homestar Runner: Used in the Strong Bad Email ghosts (followed immediately by a Batman-style scene transition):
Strong Bad: The Cheat! Meet me in the Strong Bad Cave!
The Cheat: [quizzical noise]
Strong Bad: Erm, well... meet me in the closet and, uh... we'll put on some costumes.
- Also used in an Easter Egg in love poems, where Strong Sad expects to be called on the Strong Badphone.
- Parodied in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "Into the Kaibacave!"
- Not to mention the Kaibacopter! (Trademark)
- "To the Mokubamobile!"
- There isn't a Mokubamobile.
- Lampshaded in PS238, where one of the problems with the school is that the superpowered students respond to going on lunch breaks by declaring in unison: "To the cafeteria — For Justice!".
- In The Nostalgia Critic review of The Wizard "To the shit-mobile!". Followed by a shot of the shit-mobile in action, complete with music from Batman.
- Weebl & Bob:
- In the Team Laser Explosion episodes, Captain Exploserous Laser (Weebl) always responds to calls from the mayor with "To the skies!"
- Also, in the episode when the duo went to PIKEA, the following exchange occurs:
Weebl: To the house!
Bob: We don't have a house.
Weebl: Oh, yeah. To the Batcave!
- The Nostalgia Chick: The Chick, in one of her rare Large Ham moments: "To Wikipedia!"
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold
- The Joker, of all people, does this in : "To the Batmobile!"
- Plastic Man spoofs this as well. "Quick! To the Plas-Cave!"
- As a direct Batman parody, Adam West/Catman in The Fairly OddParents.
- "To the Crocker Cave!"
- "To the Internet!"
- As always, The Simpsons did it:
- When Bart was accused of stealing from the church collection plate, Lisa accuses Reverend Lovejoy's daughter of taking the money and framing Bart, and explains that they'll find all the stolen funds in her room. Homer stands up, points dramatically, and shouts, "To the little girl's room!"
- During the Treehouse of Horror III segment "Dial Z For Zombie", when Springfield was in the midst of a Zombie Apocalypse, Lisa suggests using the library to find out a way to stop them. Homer pulls a shotgun out of nowhere, gives a Dramatic Gun Cock while pointing with it, and declares: "To the Book Depository!"
- And in the episode where Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma, Homer actually says, "To the Simpsonmobile!" To make it even more like the trope namer, there was a sign next to their garage telling the distance between them and their intended destination.
- Beekeeper: "To the Beemobile!" "You mean your Chevy?" (Beat) "Yes."
- An uncharacteristically moving performance by Ralph Wiggum, playing George Washington, motivates the school bullies to learn about his history. Dolph shouts "To the library!", to which Jimbo enthusiastically agrees.
- The time Marge gave Wolfgang Puck an idea for a new dish: "To the Puckmobile!"
- When Bart's Comet begins to threaten Springfield, the school nerds decide that to study it, they must go "TO THE OBSERVATORY!".
- Parodied several times in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius with Jimmy's semi-catchphrase "TO THE LAB!" Sheen eventually got in on the act by trying to insert "To the lab!" every time they would go anywhere, eventually settling for "To this place first, and then... the lab!" After that, they occasionally shared the use of the phrase, though Sheen's uses were always more of the Lampshade variety. For further parody, the time that Sheen got in on the act, they ended up not going to the lab.
- Futurama has played with it a few times. Professor Farnsworth shouts "To the laboratory!"... only to have everyone walk there at their normal pace.
- And of course, the mandatory employee meeting called with "To the Mandatorium!"
- And in case of emergencies, "To the Calamitorium!"
These are all the exact same place, obviously.
- Bender exhorts the others to get on the Planet Express Ship with "To the Flying Machine!"
- More recently in an effort to combat creationism the team must go "To the Science Mobile!"
- Family Guy plays with this five times:
- In an early episode, Peter shouts, "To the Batcave!" and slides down a pole to Batman-sounding music, only to end up in a cave filled with bats, who swarm on him.
- In "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire", he shouts, "To the Peter-copter!" and appears in a helicopter shaped like his head, which promptly crashes on Joe's lawn. Then he shouts, "To the Hinden-Peter!" and appears in a dirigible with his face on the front, which crashes in flames into his neighbor's house. Joe's outraged cry: "How can you afford these things???"
- In the episode "Dog Gone", Lois hires a maid. When Peter points out that they don't have money for a maid, Lois says, "What about the Petercopter? You sure had enough money for that!"
- In yet another episode, Peter shouts, "To the Pope-Mobile!" This is followed by a Batman-style scene transition, and a shot of Peter chauffeuring the Pope out of the Bat Cave, while the Batman music plays.
- In "Quagmire and Meg", Peter says, "To the Peterdactyl!", after which he gets on a pterodactyl with his face on it, which dies in a powerline accident, and then he says, "Oh no! Now I have to take care of the babies!", which he does by vomiting into their mouths.
- In "Living on a Prayer", Peter has to take a sick baby to the hospital, to which he shouts, "To the Peterrang!" and gets into a boomerang, which has predictable results. ("Just for the record, I was at the hospital for a brief moment.")
- In the Drawn Together episode "Captain Girl", Wooldoor, in his role as Captain Hero's new sidekick, repeatedly shouts phrases like "To the Wool-noun!", culminating in the "Wooldelorean", his time machine.
- SpongeBob SquarePants; Elderly Batman parody Mermaid Man is fond of these, but, due to his advanced age, occasionally requires a moment to catch his breath before finishing the declaration. The drama is also undercut by his tendency to shuffle off slowly and lose track of his Invisible Boatmobile.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka invokes this trope when he picks where to spend his mini-vacation. He always did have a flair for the dramatic.
Sokka: I'd like to spend my vacation At The library!
- Super Friends: The Friends had to get everywhere — and fast!
- Invader Zim: Zim once got lost and had to take a taxi back home: "Take me to... that way!"
- The Spectacular Spider-Man: When Hobie Brown has to take over Harry's role in the play, the drama teacher shouts "To the dressing-room, Brown!"
- In every episode of Super Chicken, after the eponymous chicken's Transformation Sequence, he'd head off for his flying domed giant egg with:
Super Chicken: "To the super coop, Fred!"
Fred: "Roger wilcox!"
- The Emperor's New Groove features a villainous version with Yzma's "To the secret lab!"
- Batfink is a fun example. With the phrase often being "To the *something*-mobile" when going to a vehicle, how does it work when the protagonist is a bat? The answer: "To the Batillac!"
- The Catinthe Hat Knows A Lot About That: "Quick! To the Thingamajigger!"
- Dan Vs.: "To the Carmobile!"
- Dynomutt Dog Wonder: "The Falcon Flash! Quick, Dog Wonder! To the Falcon's Lair!" "To the Falconcar!"
- In Johnny Bravo, Adam West himself proclaims "To the Adam Westmobile!", but then immediately grumbles that it's a stupid name. Johnny insists that it's cool, which restores Adam's spirits.
- In "A Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair" after Batman says "Robin...to the Batmobile!", Fred says "Kids...to the Mystery Machine!"
- In the "SheZap" episode of She Zow, Guy says "Maz...To the Shehicle!"
Tune in next week! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!